High Fives: Brodhead/Juda's DeLorme piles up sacks
Josiah DeLorme, Brodhead/Juda football: The Cardinals senior linebacker feasted on a game plan that called for him to blitz the quarterback Friday night. DeLorme piled up 4.5 of Brodhead/Juda's 10 sacks, and the Cardinals raced away with a 47-14 victory over Kettle Moraine Lutheran in a Division 4 Level 1 playoff game.
Peyton Sippy, Janesville Craig girls cross country: The freshman led 10 Janesville runners that qualified for next weekend's WIAA state meet in Wisconsin Rapids. Sippy finished second in the 5-kilometer girls race at the Verona Sectional, finishing in 19 minutes 37 seconds.
Chuy Rocha, Delavan-Darien boys soccer: The senior forward notched a hat trick to lead the Comets to state for the first time since 2005. He scored the first three goals in Delavan-Darien's 6-2 victory over No. 1-ranked Grafton in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final.
Dylan Swerig, Milton football: One week after hitting a long field goal to force overtime in a win at Monona Grove, Swerig's leg played a pivotal role again Friday night, but this time as a punter. He drilled a 72-yard first-quarter punt, kicked another out of bounds at the 8-yard line, stopped another at the opponents' 1 and had another that was fair-caught at the 10. He also was 3-for-3 in extra points.
Myriama Smith-Traore, Whitewater volleyball: The sophomore helped the Whippets end their season on a high note. The seventh-seeded Whippets won at No. 2 Delavan-Darien in a regional quarterfinal Tuesday behind 18 kills from Smith-Traore. Then, on Thursday, they took third-seeded Walworth Big Foot to five sets but eventually lost. Smith-Traore had a match-high 18 kills and added four blocks.
What To Watch For
Milton at Waunakee, WIAA Division 2 Level 2 football playoff game, 7 p.m., Friday: Waunakee won a regular-season Badger Conference crossover game 31-3, but Milton head coach Bill O'Leary has seen his team come a long way since. Milton gave up 14 fourth-quarter points in that game but has won seven of its last eight games. Both teams will enter the game with an 8-2 record.
Delavan-Darien vs. Rice Lake, WIAA Division 3 state boys soccer semifinal, 5 p.m., Thursday, Uihlein Soccer Park, Milwaukee: The Comets likely have already faced the toughest opponents they'll see in the tournament, but they still need two victories to wrap up the second state title in program history. With a win, Delavan-Darien would face Luxemberg-Casco or Mount Horeb for the state title at noon Saturday.
State cross country meet, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids: The state's best runners compete in races beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running through the 3 p.m. hour. Among the local storylines: Janesville Craig's boys qualified as a team, and Clinton's Julia Kaster will compete at the state meet for the fourth time in her career.
Marshall at Brodhead/Juda, WIAA Division 4 Level 2 football playoff game, 7 p.m., Friday: The No. 2-seeded hosts easily beat Kettle Moraine Lutheran on Friday, while Marshall breezed by River Valley. Marshall enters with a 9-1 overall mark and went 4-1 in the Capitol South Conference, losing to champion Cambridge 17-10 in Week 7. Brodhead/Juda is also 9-1 and lost to Clinton in Week 6.
Edgerton vs. Lakeside Lutheran, volleyball, 7 p.m., Thursday, at Clinton High: The two programs, which were No. 1 seeds in their respective regionals, meet up in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal match. Lakeside won a close meeting between the two teams at the Crimson Tide's tournament earlier this year.